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Acro – Strategic Buyer, sub contract machining

Crawley, UK

Salary: Competitive

Acro has an excellent opportunity for a Strategic Buyer to work as a Category Lead within our fast-growing business.

Reporting into the Head of Procurement and working within the Supply Chain Team, this strategic position holds a key focus in acquiring materials for the Engineering and Production departments with a specific focus on machining, forming, injection moulding, tools and composites. Managing and developing the supplier base for this division is essential as well as ensuring a cost-effective process within the category plan.

Key responsibilities:

• Define and develop category plans to consider stakeholder management, spend analysis, current and future product demands
• Contract negotiation and the implementation of Non-Disclosure Agreements with prospective suppliers
• Maintain and manage existing suppliers to ensure contract compliance, managing risk within the supply chain and to secure long-term supply and cost-saving opportunities
• Strive to become the subject matter expert in terms of spend, on-time delivery performance, supply base capability and materials for the category
• Monthly reporting and analysis of spend and performance as well as representing and promoting the supply chain at key stakeholder meetings

To be successful in this position you will have:

• Previous category lead and operational procurement experience essential with prior experience of working closely with machining, forming, molding, tools and composites within a production environment – aviation or automotive environment preferred but not essential
• Experience of delivering a high-quality service in a fast-paced procurement environment where quality and cost spend are key requirements
• Knowledge of contract implementation and developing negotiation matrices
• Ability to develop and implement supply chain strategies and category plans
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills with a natural ability to build strong working relationships and therefore a confidence in communicating and influencing senior stakeholders
• Able to multi-task, manage own time effectively and work towards set deadlines
• Experience of using MS Office, MRP systems e.g. SAP, Access or similar
• CIPS qualification or studying towards preferred but not essential

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our innovative and award-winning high growth business and add significant value to our Supply Chain, Engineering and Production Departments.

To apply for this position please visit

Your CV will be held on our central database; if for any reason you do not wish us to retain your details please contact us.

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